Thomas Dowd (bishop)

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The Most Reverend

Thomas Dowd
Auxiliary Bishop of Montréal
DioceseTreba[1] (Titular)
OrdinationDecember 7, 2001
ConsecrationSeptember 10, 2011
RankAuxiliary Bishop of Montréal
Personal details
Born (1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 48)
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
DenominationRoman Catholic
Alma mater
  • Cor et Anima Una[2]
  • (One Heart and Soul)
Coat of armsThomas Dowd's coat of arms
Styles of
Thomas Dowd
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Reference style
Spoken style
Religious styleBishop

Thomas Dowd (born 11 September 1970) is a Canadian Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Dowd is currently serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montréal.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada, Dowd studied at Concordia University in Montréal obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1992. Being very active during his university school years helped Dowd prepare for a more public life; he was on 25 different committees and served as president of the Commerce and Administration Student Association as well as being on Concordia's Board of Governors and Senate.[3] After leaving Concordia, Dowd started working for Ericsson Research Canada, eventually becoming manager of their Global Integration and Verification Organization. He remained with the company for 3 years until he left to become a priest.[4] Dowd studied at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, which was affiliated with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, from which he received degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Divinity in 1997, 2000, and 2002 respectively. Dowd also received a Licentiate in Theology from the Université de Montréal in 2002. Dowd was ordained a priest on 7 December 2001.

Priesthood and Internet Work[edit]

After his ordination, Dowd was assigned as an assistant pastor at the Montréal parishes of Holy Name of Jesus between 2001 and 2002 and Saint Thomas à Becket between 2002 and 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, He was the parish administrator of St. Veronica and assistant pastor of St. Luke. In 2005 until 2006, Dowd also served as the hospital chaplain for Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe-Claire. From September 2006 until his episcopal ordination, Dowd worked as part of the diocesan curia as Associate Director for the Office of Pastoral Personnel, and as Director of the Diocesan Formation Services.[5]

Having been in the technological market before his ordination, Dowd started a blog in 2003. Dowd was the first Canadian priest to have a blog.[6] Also, Dowd was the person responsible for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops online presence; the first Episcopal Conference to have a website.[7] Dowd continues to use Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and his own personal website to reach out to members of the Church and the world.

In 2004 Dowd contributed to the development of the fifth edition of the Ars Magica roleplaying game. He was credited in the core rulebook for a design contribution as well as for being a playtester.[8]

Episcopal career[edit]

On 11 July 2011, Dowd was nominated to be an Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Montréal by Pope Benedict XVI.[9] Dowd was nominated alongside Christian Lépine. Dowd and Lépine were consecrated on September 10, 2011 by Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, the then Archbishop of Montréal. In 2013, Dowd was appointed to the faculty of the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies.

Investigation of Brian Boucher[edit]

On March 27, 2019, it was reported that Dowd had played a key role in the investigation of Brian Boucher, a priest who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexually abusing two young boys.[10] Through his investigation Dowd discovered one of the two victims, who Dowd accompanied to the Montréal police. Dowd also turned over his 250-page report to assist in the police investigation.[10] Justice Patricia Compagnone, who presided Boucher's trial, applauded the church's involvement.[11] In a statement immediately after the sentencing on March 25, 2019, Dowd thanked the victims, the police, the crown prosecutor and the judge, and also condemned the actions of Brian Boucher. He also revealed that the investigation had led him to a time of depression and burnout, but pledged to strive to bring justice and healing should he encounter similar situations in the future.[12] Dowd spoke about his own childhood experiences of abuse at a lay-run summer camp in subsequent interviews.[10][13][14]


  1. ^ "Introducing my diocese". Thomas Dowd. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  2. ^ "My episcopal coat of arms". Thomas Dowd. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  3. ^ "Alumnus named youngest bishop in Canada". Concordia University. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  4. ^ "'Facebooking Father' to become Canada's youngest bishop". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  5. ^ "Fr. Thomas Dowd named auxiliary bishop". Archdiocese of Montréal. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  6. ^ "Father Thomas Dowd". Retrieved 2012-04-10. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Blogging priest to become Canada's youngest bishop". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  8. ^ Tweet, Jonathan; Rein-Hagen, Mark; Chart, David (2004). Ars Magica. Atlas Games. p. 2. ISBN 1-58978-070-1.
  9. ^ "RINUNCE E NOMINE". The Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  10. ^ a b c "Opération-vérité à l'archevêché de Montréal". La Presse+ (in French). 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  11. ^ "Montreal priest sentenced to 8 years for sexually abusing 2 underage boys - Montreal |". 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  12. ^ "Bishop Thomas Dowd shares thoughts after Montreal priest sentenced for sexually abusing minors | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  13. ^ Dufresne, Larry. "Enquête indépendante sur la pédophilie dans l'Église de Montréal depuis 1950. Mgr Thomas Dowd est avec nous". 98,5 fm Montréal. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  14. ^ "Reaction to the announcement from Montreal's Archdiocese of an audit into sexual abuse of minors". Radio Noon Montreal with Shawn Apel (CBC).

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